Voting in Delaware



The Details






Voting is an important civic duty. Whether you are new to Delaware, or just new to voting, here is what you need to know about registering to vote, finding your polling place, voting absentee, finding your local elected officials, reporting election complaints and more.

Many Delawareans register to vote at the DMV when they are getting their license, but you can always register online, by mail, or in person. Just take note of upcoming deadlines so you can register in time before the next election. Make sure you exercise your right to vote!

Contact Information

Department of Elections
905 S. Governors Ave Suite 170
Dover DE 19904
(302) 739-4277




Voter Registration



Register to Vote

To register to vote in Delaware, you can register:

You can register to vote:

  • Anytime except after the the fourth Saturday before a Primary or General Election through the day of the election.
  • At least 10 days prior to a Special Election

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Deadlines

Deadlines for voters and event dates can be found on the Election Calendar.

Department of Elections




Carvel State Office Building
820 North French St Suite 400
Wilmington DE 19801
Phone: (302) 577-3464
Fax: (302) 577-6545
Email: votencc@delaware.gov



100 Enterprise Pl Ste 5
Dover DE 19904
Phone: (302) 739-4498
Fax: (302) 739-4515
Email: votekc@delaware.gov



119 N. Race St
P.O. Box 457
Georgetown DE 19947
Phone: (302) 856-5367
Fax: (302) 856-5082
Email: votesc@delaware.gov



Anthony J. Albence
905 S. Governors Ave Ste 170
Dover DE 19904
Phone: (302) 739-4277
Fax: (302) 739-6794
Email: coe_votw@delaware.gov


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At the Polls



Find Your Polling Place

There are three ways to find your polling place

  • The building listed on your polling place card is your polling place.
  • Use this tool to find your polling place.
  • View the Department of Elections locations to find your polling place contact number for your county.

Voting Hours

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for general, special, and primary elections.


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Identification

You are not required to show identification to vote. Poll workers will ask you to present an ID to speed up the check-in process. If you do not show ID, you must fill out a form before you can vote.

Examples of acceptable IDs:

  • Delaware Driver’s License
  • Delaware Identification Card
  • U.S. Passport
  • Signed Polling Place card
  • Signed Social Security card
  • Signed vehicle registration
  • Signed credit card with photo

Electioneering

Delaware voting code prohibits campaigning within 50 feet of any polling place entrance that voters use. This includes supporting or opposing a candidate, a political party, or any political issue in any way (i.e. wearing apparel, hats, buttons, etc. chanting, holding signs).


How to Use the Voting Machine

Get ready to vote! Learn how to use the voting machine.


Provisional Ballot

What is a provisional ballot?

A provisional ballot may be used when a voter is attempting to vote in the Election District in which the voter is registered, but the voter's name does not appear on the poll list. Provisional Ballots are only used in elections for Federal offices, such as President, Vice President, Senate, and Representative in Congress. Provisional Ballots cannot be used for offices in local elections.


Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for use of a Provisional Ballot, the voter must be attempting to vote in the Election District in which they are registered to vote, and be eligible to vote in Federal Elections.


How to vote with a Provisional Ballot
  • To be permitted to vote with a Provisional Ballot, you must:
  • Provide identification. Permitted forms of identification include current:
    • Valid Photo ID
    • Copy of utility bill
    • Bank statement
    • Government check, paycheck, or other government document that displays your address
  • Sign an affidavit to confirm that you are registered to vote in that election district and in that Federal election.

How Provisional Ballots are Tallied
  • On the day following the election, Department of Elections staff in each county office review the provisional ballots cast to determine which Provisional Ballots are valid.
  • Within 30 days, information about which Provisional Ballots were not counted and the reasons why will be made available to the public by the State Election Commissioner.

Voters With Disabilities

Delaware is committed to providing its citizens with:

  • Accessible polling places
  • Accessible voting machines
  • Assistance when requested

Read the Voting in Delaware Guide for Citizens with Disabilities.

Vote By Absentee Ballots



If you cannot vote on election day but wish to vote, you must fill out and sign the Absentee Statement and send it to the address listed on the form. You are only authorized to vote by absentee ballot if your reasoning is listed on the application.

Once you receive your absentee ballot, complete it as soon as possible. Your county’s Department of Elections Office must receive your absentee ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Need help filling out your absentee ballot? Check out this instructional guide.

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Elected Officials



Use this tool to find your representatives.


Update Your Voter Record

You can update your voter registration through the Voter Portal.

You can update your voter record:

  • Anytime before an election
  • At your polling place on Election Day

You can change your political party affiliation:

  • Before a primary election
    • Anytime except from the last Saturday in May until the date of the Primary Election
  • Before a Presidential Primary
    • Anytime except from the 59th day before the Presidential Primary through the date of the Election.

Cancel a Voter Registration


For yourself:

Submit this online request.

OR

Complete this form and submit it to the Department of Elections in your county.


For a close relative who has passed away or moved out of state:

Submit this online request.

OR

Complete this form and submit it to the Department of Elections in your county.

Report Election Complaints



If you encountered an issue regarding any topic covered by Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 you may issue a formal complaint.

The complaint must be submitted to the Office of State Election Commissioner or your county Department of Election. The complaint must be:

  • In writing
  • Notarized
  • Signed and sworn by the voter filing the complaint
  • You may also request a hearing regarding the complaint

You will be notified when your complaint is received. The State Election Commissioner will assign someone to investigate the issue. Any violations found will be reported to the State Election Commissioner along with a recommended course of action to correct the violation. If no violations are discovered, the complaint will be dismissed.

For more information on filing a complaint, visit Delaware's Elections website.

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Results and Statistics



Results and Statistics for the most recent election can be found on the Elections website.

For more information about voting in Delaware visit the Department of Elections website.



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